Last night, Vin Scully called his last Dodger game. His final call of his final game at Dodger Stadium was, of course, a walk-off home run, because no one writes this stuff better than baseball. It was a truly magical moment that baseball fans will remember for the rest of their lives.
Perhaps more amazing, though, was the way Vin addressed the crowd with such utter humility, generosity and gratitude that makes us realize why he is one of the most beloved personalities baseball has ever known and one of the most upstanding gentlemen in the history of sports.
Rising to speak after a 3-minute standing ovation, this final address went like this:
“I have a very small, modest contribution on my last day. I have always felt that you people in the stands have been far, far important to me. You’ve given me enthusiasm and young at heart. Believe me when I tell you that I’ve needed you more than you’ve needed me.
“I wanted to try and express my appreciation to all of you in the ballpark. It’s a very, very modest thing. I sang this for my wife – it was a loving gesture. You know the song, ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings,
“And that’s what you are. You’re the wings beneath the team’s wins. You’re the wind beneath my wings.
“I know it’s immodest, I know it’s amateur, but do you mind listening?”
And that’s just what he did. He sang. Dude can sing, too.
Ever player saluted him. And we salute you too, Vin. Thanks for calling the games and making us feel like you were always there.
A little background on the man: Scully started calling Dodger games when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. His 67 years as a broadcaster are the longest any has been with a pro team in sports history, and he’s second only to Tommy Lasorda (by just one year) in number of years anyone has been with the Dodgers organization.
Dodger games won’t be the same without him.
So with that, one final time, let’s just say, “It’s time for Dodger baseball. Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon to you, wherever you may be.”